Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School teams continue to roll through their fall season, with three undefeated squads competing at press time. Look for several home games during the coming week.
The Vineyard football team is 2-0 on the season, having defeated Brighton 8-0 in its opening game and fending off Sharon last Thursday for a 29-22 victory. Thursday’s win was punctuated by a last-minute defensive victory when senior Ken Handy stripped the ball from Sharon fullback Robert Kaszanek on a first-and-goal play with 58 seconds left on the clock, thus stripping his opponents of any chance at tying the game.
Vineyard team captain Brian Montambault scored the first two touchdowns of the game. Fellow captain Randall Jette turned in the third and fourth touchdowns before throwing the decisive two-point conversion toss to Michael Araujo with just over two minutes to go.
The Vineyarders begin league play in the Eastern Athletic League this Saturday against 0-2 Coyle Cassidy.
A scheduling mixup at Dennis-Yarmouth led to the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams being unable to race against D-Y on Tuesday; however, the girls were able to compete as scheduled against Barnstable on the D-Y course, taking a close win 28-30. (The boys had previously competed against Barnstable during the Martha’s Vineyard Invitational last Saturday.) The girls are now 3-0 on the season, while the boys’ side is 2-0. Both will compete at this weekend’s Manchester Invitational.
Golf also continues to turn in the wins, with a 6-2 record going into Thursday’s match against Bishop Stang. The coed team fell to Bishop Feehan 243-251 on Monday after a successful meet against Sturgis that saw all eight players win their respective match-ups. The Vineyarders won 55-17, with Mike DeBettencourt shooting a 36 in the par-35 medalist round. The team has a jam-packed schedule next week, with three meets lined up on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday will be a home match against Falmouth, to be played at 3 p.m. at Farm Neck.
Both soccer teams dropped 0-2 losses to Bishop Stang on Tuesday, and look to bounce back this week against league rival Bishop Feehan. The boys play Feehan Thursday, while the girls will take on the Shamrocks Saturday at 11:30 at home. The boys’ team also suffered a tough 4-1 loss to Falmouth last Friday, but are nevertheless holding strong with a 3-3 record as of Thursday.
On the girls’ side, the Vineyarders pushed Falmouth — a team that has not yet been scored on this season — to a 0-0 tie on Friday. The game marked their second tie of the season, giving the girls an 0-4-2 record.
Falmouth proved a difficult match for field hockey as well this week, allowing the Vineyarders only one goal, scored by Angela DeBettencourt just 29 seconds into the game, before winning 6-1. It was the team’s first loss of the season. The girls had a 1-1-1 record going into yesterday’s match against Westport High, and will next take on Bishop Stang at 11:30 at home on Sept. 25.
Scores for Thursday’s matches in field hockey, golf, and boys’ and girls’ soccer were unavailable at press time.